Jinkang Trail, known to be the “Mr.Brown Avenue of Changbin”, has a bike path that gives you stunning views of the Jinkang mountains and the Pacific ocean. There you can gaze upon the beautiful scenery of where the ocean meets the sky, and as the seasons change, you can see the different colors of the terraced fields. You can appreciate the unblemished beauty of nature without a single telephone pole in sight. Following along the bike trail, you will pass by Zhongyong tribal village and Changguang Community, both sites have remnants from the late neolithic period. Visitors with an archaeological interest can explore the local history and culture while enjoying the beautiful scenery.
余水知歡民宿 Yujoy Homestay
Yujoy Homestay is neither grand nor luxurious and does not come with opulent furnishings and decorations. Yujoy homestay is a simple but elegant establishment adorned with the natural beauty of the ocean and sky. The rooms provide a stunning view of the ocean for you to admire. Here you can immerse yourself in the enchanting environment of the Jingang mountains, and gaze out at the endless Pacific ocean. In the morning you can admire a myriad of magical changes to the sea of clouds before sunrise, and walk along the waves and pick up rocks at the beach in the evening. At night, the moon and stars will keep you company as you fall asleep to the croaking lullabies of frogs.
陽光佈居民宿 Sunny Bu House
After a series of unfathomable career changes and losing his job at the age of 50, Nian-Yang and his wife decided to embrace their situation and move to the eastern coast. Surrounded by mountains and overlooking the sea, they settled in the wilderness and began the second half of their lives with a new perspective. The homestay has a humble outer appearance, a serene and elegant interior, and is always full of lively and in-depth conversation between travellers. The homestay helps local farmers sell products and creates urban and rural exchange opportunities. This lifestyle helped the owners, and many travellers loosen their grip on life, and take on a more comfortable and free-spirited approach. This emotional experience has given many travellers a newfound perspective and approach to life.
Owner Gao Yao-Wei came to Changbin from Tainan, and opened the only second-hand bookstore in Changbin. He operates his bookstore in a very unique manner. He personally takes care of all the chores and cleaning in the store, is his own carpenter, and uses discarded items to decorate his store. Thus, creating a unique environment within the bookstore. Su-zhou is run by having individuals run the store in exchange for room and board. The bookstore provides a room in the basement for the temporary store manager. The store owner hopes to not only provide friends from the city a place to rest, but also allow Su-Zhou to slowly become deeply embedded within the lives of friends in Changbin. Su-Zhou also provides a children daycare services, where children can immerse themselves for hours in the bookstore’s picture book section. The picture book section also provides a place for parent and child to read together.
放在那邊的海 The Sea over there
An Shenghui (Eleng Luluan) has resided in Dulan, Taitung for the last 20 years. She is a Rukai Tribe member from Pingtung’s Kucapungane Tribal village. Her talent lies in her mixed media sculptures and environmental installations. She is a female artist who has received both local and international attention, and gained recognition among other aborigines artists in Taiwan. Taitung Tiehua Music Village’s “Wooden Space” is one of An Shenghui’s artworks. In 2018 during the Taiwan East Coast Land Arts Festival where 12 local and international artists were invited to the east coast for a 1 month art retreat, An Shenghui created “The Sea over there” out of bamboo, steel, and wood. Through a simplistic and everyday method, she was able to express the Amis Tribe’s view of the ocean.
長濱金剛米 Changbin Jingang Rice
Kai-Yao, like many young Taiwanese in eastern Taiwan, dreamed of making a life for himself in the city. His dream was to be a baseball player. However, after sustaining another injury, he was sent home to help his father with the farming.Soon, he found himself noticing the changes and obstacles taking place in his hometown over the last couple of years. His observations motivated him to move back home and invest in the local agriculture. Through his own efforts, he hoped to inspire change in Changbin. Kai-Yao is funny, passionate, and has a strong understanding of the local culture and agriculture. Kai-Yao also guides bicycle tours around Changbin. As a tour guide Kai-Yao’s passion and enthusiasm is contagious, and through this experience you will also gain a deeper understanding of the story of Changbin.
慕樂諾斯香草園 Mornos Herb Garden
The all-natural Mornos Herb Garden does not use any pesticides and chemicals. The Mornos Herb Garden uses natural and environmentally-friendly farming techniques to cultivate and maintain local agriculture. The completely organic produce from Mornos Herb Garden is a favorite among local head chefs and is often highly requested!
In addition, the Mornos Herb garden is a platform for members of the Yong-fu tribe to share their lives with the world. Mornos Herb Garden owners, Li Deng-Yong and Sun Pei-Fang encouraged the Yong-fu tribe to start practicing natural-farming techniques, and cultivating organic and environmentally-friendly produce. This experience helped form stronger bonds within the tribe, and also helped boost local morale.
You can make guide reservations at the Mornos Herb Garden. The Mornos Herb Garden welcomes everyone to join us in learning more about organic and natural farming techniques, and experience freshly brewed organic tea, and taste some handmade snacks.
“Sinasera” means “earth” in the Amis Language and “24” represents the 24 solar terms. Sinasera24 uses seasonal produce from Changbin and it’s surrounding areas to create a themed menu inspired by the different solar terms (e.g. Vernal Equinox, Wheat rain, Frost, Winter Solstice, etc). Headchef Yang not only understands the local produce and ingredients, but also contributes to rural agriculture. Headchef Yang hopes to exhibit the beautiful local produce of Changbin through his food, and place Changbin on the global map.
烤茶地 Roasted Tea Workshop
The Roasted Tea Workshop is a humble workshop with a personal touch. The owner, Kelly, is friendly and hospitable and enjoys making new friends and talking over drinks. Travellers visiting the workshop will have the opportunity to experience traditional Amis Tribe wine-making and cigarette-rolling. It is sure to be a spiritually healing and leisurely experience.
The Mornos Cuisine mainly focuses on Amis culture and guiding sea salt workshops. In the past, it was very difficult to produce sea salt in the tribe. In order to preserve the Amis tradition of making salt, the Mornos Tribe leader, Tsai, would collect water from the ocean at dawn, and spend 8 hours slowly evaporating the water in a large pot, then slowly roast the salt in a smaller pot. Three years ago, they accidentally produced a low-sodium, and slightly sweet sea salt flakes. This led to the establishment of one of the only producers of sea salt flakes in the world, and the only one in Taiwan.
Besides providing sea salt workshops, Mornos cuisine also provides no-menu cuisine. Using locally sourced produce and fresh seafood, they created a “wild lunch”. If you visit Mornos Cuisine, you need to bring your own reusable cutlery, however if you do not bring your own, Mornos Cuisine provides Coconut shells as bowls. From the decorations to the food, to the cutlery, Mornos Cuisine will give you the opportunity to truly experience Amis culture.
吳神父足底按摩 Father Wu’s Foot Massage
Father Wu’s Foot Massage is located in the Changbin Catholic Church. “I’m a Swiss born Taiwanese.” Originally from Switzerland, and belonging to the Catholic church of Bethlehem, Father Wu Ruo-Shi came to the Eastern part of Taiwan at the age of 30 to preach, and there he stayed for 50 years.
At first, Father Wu was unaccustomed to the way of life and soon developed a serious case of arthritis. He studied a German book on foot massages and learned how to alleviate pain. By teaching foot massage techniques, Father Wu hopes to not only improve the health of locals, but also help them earn a living, and improve their lives.
Father Wu’s foot massage is not only located in the Taitung area, but also located throughout Taiwan, Hongkong, and China.
谷泥悠露營區 Gu Ni Yo Campsite
Leo, the owner of Gu Ni Yo campsite, is a young local aborigine who named the campsite after his father. The terraced campsite is full of aboriginal elements. Although the campsite doesn’t have luxurious and opulent decorations, the campsite is full of rich aboriginal language and design techniques.
The coastal cliffs of Sanjian Village in Changbin, has endured the impact of waves crashing against the cliffside for thousands of years, eroding away to form dozens of natural sea caves. Deep textures and patterns of the cave strata extends from the floor to ceiling, creating the perfect backdrop for travelers to take pictures.
In addition, the caves contain remnants of the lives of prehistoric people. You can walk through the cave in the footsteps of those that came 2 million years before us, and experience the Paleolithic culture of the people of Changbin.
Wushibi coast is the largest volcanic rock mass in Taiwan, and houses one of Changbin’s idyllic fishing ports. High above the coast on a rock sits a pavilion, one of the best locations with a stunning ocean view. There you can feel the sea breeze as you gaze out on the beautiful Pacific ocean.
星龍花園 Shinlong Garden
At a secretive sea-viewing location in Changbin, Shinlong Garden is a sky garden that sits in the middle of the coastal mountain side. From a low-altitude mountain point, you can look out on the majestic Pacific ocean with an 180 degree ocean view. The garden provides an ocean-view pavilion, a flower ocean walkway, an observation deck, and afternoon tea (though you’ll have to make reservations!). Looking out from the garden cliffs you can see as far as Sanxiantai (三仙台), and if you’re lucky you can see the faint outline of Green island. The Amis and Kavalan Tribal village: Zhang Yuan Village, flanks the azure coastal line. (Picture/Shinlong Garden Facebook Page)
Shi Ti Ping is an ideal location for fishing and scuba-diving, and the nearby Shi Ti Ping harbour serves as a prime location to go out whale-watching; the unique coral reef geology and the natural potholes formed by erosion are considered to be the best in Taiwan. A multitude of marine plants such as screw pines, cacti, and beach morning glory decorate the rocks, creating a rich and diverse landscape. Currently there are plans to turn this area into a scenic location with multiple amenities, such as a vast parking lot, seaside trail, Ti Ping camping grounds, and other services.
項鍊海岸工作室 Necklace Studio
The Amis tribe has lived in Fenbing Township, Hualien County for many years now. The necklace studio was established by three multi-talented siblings from the Makotaay Tribal Village. Er Rao, the eldest sister, single-handedly tackles singing and dancing performances, along with the cooking. The two younger brothers, Sapud and Yiyou contribute through their sculptural creations. They collected driftwood from the beach and learned woodcarving techniques from their teacher. They set up the Necklace Studio on their ancestral land next to a necklace-shaped coast. They hope to spread the traditional wood-carving craftsmanship of the Amis Tribe. They host wood-carving classes in hopes of teaching other tribesmen wood-carving craftsmanship. They later on opened a Necklace Cafe next to the Necklace Studio. Visitors can enjoy a cup of coffee while listening to the sea waves, and can take the opportunity to admire the driftwood creations.
拙而奇藝術咖啡 Joki Art and Coffee
Joki was founded by A-Chen’s father Mr. Gan Xinyi and his team in Shimen, Hualien (1996). The complex creations are mainly composed of three elemental materials: metals (such as copper), wood, and stone. Under the aegis of the east coast mountains and bodies of water, Mr. Gan Xinyi manifests his imagination and emotions in his artistic creations. A choreography of dots, lines, and irregular shapes frees his artwork from the shackles of physical representation and lets his artwork go beyond the surface appearance into a spiritual level that speaks directly to the soul. Leaving viewers lost in a mysterious realm.
The brand logo with it’s bare feet and eyes symbolizes and represents the spirit of Joki “Life should always be full of curiosity”. Humanity must observe with their eyes and let their feet carry them through experiences. Only then will humanity be able to truly experience the richness and vibrancy of life. The true origins of art officially comes from our experiences in life.
Paterongan Art is a creation space created by two artists Yanzi Chen and Tuwak.Yuyaw. Yanzi Chen is a fiber artist who moved to Hualien and loves nature and aborigines culture. Tuwak.Yuyaw is a bamboo and rattan craftsman from the Kavalan tribe. They’ve spent many years in the Paterongan Tribe, preserving their precious craftsman shift that allows them to connect and create a dialogue for their inner selves with nature. They have actively invested in local materials and the development of local craftsmanship. The original spirit of tribal craftsmen preserves the traditional process of creation by using local materials to create woven Sanku bamboo and rattan fish traps, tree bark cloth, plant and wood dyes, handmade paper, and many other items. These traditional and everyday items are turned into contemporary art that can be used to decorate a space. The artists carry the hope that through innovation the continuation of tribal craftsmanship can be preserved.
磯崎生命故事館 Jiqi Life Museum
Through playing, exploring, and experiencing life in the tribe, Emas, a young local, helps people get to know life in Jiqi. The Jiqi tribe used to be lifeless as many young people left for a life outside the tribe. When Emas returned to his hometown, he began to deeply appreciate and treasure the wisdom of his tribe elders. Giving up a stable job and income, he decided to spend time with the tribe elders and hopes to pass on and preserve their heritage. With an open and sharing spirit, Emas began to collect traditional aborigines daily life objects for the Jiqi Life Museum. Through a series of environmental and tribal activities (e.g. river-tracing the origins of old tribal waterfalls, diving in intertidal zones, wooden canoe workshops on the Pacific ocean, cooking with wild and natural produce, and tracking buffalo footprints), Emas not only introduces his hometown to travellers, but also inspires and encourages the young people of the tribe to care and pass on their tribal heritage. In hopes of promoting tribal unity and collaboration, this small tribe diligently runs the museum. Even if you spend an entire week at the museum, you are guaranteed to never feel bored or run out of things to do.
海岸咖啡莊園 Coastal Coffee Manor
On the coastal mountain side sits Coastal Coffee Manor, facing the pacific ocean. The scent of freshly brewed coffee is carried by the wind, creating a unique blend of coffee and seasalt, giving the coffee a rich and vibrant taste. The owner of the Manor, Yongzhe and Meizhu, hope to reduce environmental pollution and be more sustainable. They implement natural farming methods that leave their land pesticide-free, and their fruit trees free of industrial fertilizers. They hope that each traveller will be able to savour and enjoy a beautiful cup of coffee, and support the land and livelihoods of all the coffee farmers.
In addition, Coastal Coffee Manor has designed a sightseeing experience that allows visitors to learn about local life, and aboriginal culture. On your way to Coastal Coffee Manor, you can follow in the footsteps of a hunter and explore animal footprints, listen to the tribal guide tell stories of the tribe, and learn about the wild produce and cuisine of the Amis Tribe. Furthermore, not only will you have the opportunity to taste coffee, but also the opportunity to roast your own coffee, and experience the joy of roasting coffee beans. Bringing your own coffee home from the tribe, is sure to give your travels an “original taste”.
高山森林基地 High Mountain Forest Base
Located on the slopes of coastal mountains next to the Provincial Highway, lives a small group of people from the Bunun tribe. Like the children who have flown from their parent’s nest in the central mountain range, they travelled over mountains and came to the coastal mountains to start their own life story. High Mountain Forest Base owner, Xiao-Ma says “ the forest is the best companion for locals and visitors.” Xiao-Ma wants to share the forest in hopes of letting people reconnect with nature. Through forest trekking, archery, making campfires, and rope climbing, Xiao-Ma hopes to establish connections between nature and mankind.
稻味釀小酒莊 Fragrant Rice-wine Winery
Sumi Dongi is from the Amis Tribe and grew up in the Makotaay Tribal village of Shi Ti Ping, Hualien. The location used to be an integral part of the local farming legacy, however after the younger generation moved away from home, it was abandoned for 30 years. Since 2009, Sumi Dongi has been involved in the restoration process of terraced fields. Her story has been adapted into the movie “Wawa No Cidal” (太陽的孩子). Her gentle and humble imagery has moved countless people across the world. Today, Sumi hopes to build a winery in her village in order to allow more travellers to experience and understand the culture and story of rice wine. She hopes to achieve this through guided tours through her village.
莎娃綠岸文化工作室 Sawalian Community Space
A space that allows the Makotaay Tribe to preserve their cultural knowledge, provides local cuisine and handicraft workshop opportunities. The community space is run by sisters Lafay and Labay, and their mother: Jinglan. After returning from studying abroad in Japan, Lafay became responsible for organizing and planning activities, preserving and spreading local culture, and serves as one of the leaders of the tribe responsible for the issue of land reparations. Older sister Labay is in charge of making meals and managing the kitchen and the organic farm. Their mother is responsible for Chinese silk plant weaving and organising tribal wizard dance performances.
下鄉行動 /idang依浪 / 海秧米
In the Makotaay Tribal village 下鄉行動 studio owner, Candy (Wang Ting-Yao), decided to move to Hualien after being the manager of the Adagio (石梯坪民宿), and establishing close ties and friendships to the land and locals. Diving and canoeing are Candy’s areas of expertise. In the tribal village, Candy is not only an event leader, but also an event planner, farmer, coach, teacher, and many others. Here she is living the good life by “canoeing, diving, and sea-jumping in the summer, and farming, making jam, and getting muddy in the winter”. In recent years she not only organises educational environmental workshops with the Department of Environmental Protection for Fakong Elementary School, but also takes part in the tribe’s own water environment protection patrol team. She funds and raises money for beach clean-ups as she believes she has a responsibility to take action in her hometown. She hopes that before the further development of the tourism sector in her hometown, she is able to raise awareness towards environmental consciousness and encourage others to take care of the land’s natural resources. She hopes that through environmental education, people are able to coexist peacefully and harmoniously with nature.
“Fengbin’s Jingpu Tropic of Cancer Marker is located along Taiwan Provincial Highway 11, and is Fengbin’s most southern point. The crop fields planted alongside the road provide a breathtaking view when the crops mature, creating a unique ocean of crop vision!
There are a total of 3 Tropic of Cancer Markers in Taiwan: one is located in Shuishang Village in Chiayi County, and two are located in Hualien (one in Ruishui Township, Wuhe terrace, and the other in Fengbin Township, Jingpu Village).
The Tropic of Cancer refers to 23.5° latitudes north, which is the division between the tropical zone and the temperate zone. The main crops to the south of the Tropic of Cancer are pineapples and custard apples, whereas the crops to the north of the Tropic of Cancer in the temperate zone are rice and tea. At noon on the summer solstice, the sun will shine directly through the gap in the middle of the marker, thus creating a natural phenomena where the marker will be without a shadow.”
新社公共藝術 Pate Rungan Public Art/ 新社梯田
Taiwan’s largest seaside terraced fields is located in the Pate Rungan Tribal Village of the Kavalan Tribe in Fengbin Township. 20% of the Kavalan Tribal population of Fengbin reside in the Pate Rungan Tribal Village and the Kudic Tribal Village. Pate Rungan in the Kavalan language means “the land that nurtures all things”. It is said that the Kavalan Tribe of Yilan migrated here because they missed the paddy fields of the Lanyang Plains. Here they decided to turn the terraced land by the sea into terraced fields.
Every year in June or July, the crops will ripen and turn the fields to gold. The golden waves will weave into the cobalt-blue Pacific ocean, creating a dreamy vision. The crop fields are full of eye-catching public art installations such as swings, bamboo tunnels, and scarecrows. The artist and creator of the swing art installation, Sapud Kacaw, named the installation “The Happiness of the Land”. The bamboo woven corridor is the work of Tuwak Tuyaw, a Pate Rungan bamboo and rattan weaving artist, and Fiber Artist Chen Shu-Yen. They named it “ the safe homeland of the Pate Rungan” in hopes of encouraging others to be grateful and live harmoniously with the land, and be kind and gentle to the earth.
親不知子海上古道 Qinbuzhizi Trail
The name “Qinbuzhizi” meaning “parents not knowing their children” came from a time where commuting was inconvenient. People would often walk along the steep cliffside in order to commute between Xinshe and Jiqi. Parents would often carry their children on their backs as they made this perilous journey. Unfortunately, unbeknownst to their parents, children would often fall from their backs and into the ocean mid-journey.
In addition, the Xinji tunnel next to the trail was completed in the 60th year of the republic. However, it has now faded into history and is now replaced by the new Xinfeng tunnel. The Xinfeng tunnel has now been converted into the Guangdian tunnel, and houses the historical records of the Fengbin aborigines along with numerous stalls selling simple handicrafts and food.